- 6 oz shortbread cookies approx. 12 round cookies
- ½ oz melted butter
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz, or 2.5 tsp)
- 2 TBSP cold water
- 1 lb full-fat cream cheese at room temperature
- 3.5 oz granulated sugar (½ cup)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste can substitute vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- ½ cup heavy cream at room temperature
- ½ cup International Delight Sweet Cream creamer at room temperature
- Gel food colors
- ½ cup whipped cream
- Candy eggs and sprinkles to decorate
Place a jumbo silicone muffin pan on a baking sheet. Blitz the shortbread cookies in a food processor until they’re fine crumbs, or crush them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin until they’re finely crumbled. Mix them in a bowl with the melted butter.
Divide the shortbread crumbs between the 6 cavities in the muffin pan, and press them firmly into the bottom of the pan to form your cheesecake crust.
Place the cold water in a small bowl, and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Whisk them together, then let the bowl sit for 5 minutes so the gelatin can hydrate and absorb the water. Once it feels very firm, microwave it for 10-15 seconds, until fully melted and liquid.
Put the cream cheese in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat it until it is smooth, creamy, and free of lumps. (A hand mixer can also be used.) Add the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla bean paste, and salt, and mix well, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl occasionally.
With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the cream and creamer, mixing until everything is smooth and well-combined. Finally, add the liquid gelatin and mix it in. (The gelatin should be slightly warm when you mix it in, and the cream cheese mixture should be room temperature. If the gelatin has thickened or seems cool, microwave briefly until it is very fluid. This will help prevent gelatin lumps in the final product.) Finish mixing by hand, scraping the sides and bottom well.
Divide the cheesecake into 4 portions (each should be about 7 oz, if you want to measure them out.) Stir a drop of gel food coloring into each one and mixing until the color is smooth and uniform.
Take your first color and divide it between the 6 cavities—I found it was fastest and easiest to use a cookie scoop, but you could use a regular spoon, or even pipe the cheesecake in if you want to be really precise. Spread it into a smooth layer with the back of a spoon, then add a second color on top of the first.
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NUTRITION FACTS. CALORIES: 590kcal | CARBOHYDRATES: 41g | PROTEIN: 7g | FAT: 45g | SATURATED FAT: 23g | CHOLESTEROL: 124mg | SODIUM: 431mg | POTASSIUM: 193mg | SUGAR: 26g | VITAMIN A: 28.5% | VITAMIN C: 0.2% | CALCIUM: 10.4% | IRON: 5.9%